Sunday, October 16, 2011

Elastic Recoil

recoil /re·coil/ (re´koil) a quick pulling back.

"elastic recoil -- the ability of a stretched object or organ, such as the bladder, to return to its resting position."
Dorland's Medical Dictionary for Health Consumers. © 2007 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

One of the down sides of aging is that your body just doesn’t react the way it used to.  For example, it is a lot harder to get in shape, and to keep a shape. In other words, when we get older, our muffin top becomes a blob. 

When you are 20, your skin happily returns to it’s previous shape and maybe the only tell tale signs are some stretch marks.  Something really awful happens somewhere between 40 and 50.  Your elastic recoil, recoils. 

Suddenly, when you lose weight, instead of your abdomen and legs and arms going back to their usual normal shape, you have chicken wings, and loose wrinkly skin where you used to have a muffin top.  You look in the mirror and scream, “NO ONE TOLD ME ABOUT THIS!!!”   I look like my MOTHER!!!  What happened?

It’s like a pair of jeans getting fitted JUST for you , like a second skin, then suddenly you lose weight and they just don’t fit right.   That said, it’s much better to LOSE weight and get healthy if you’ve become overweight or obese as you’ve aged, and invest in “foundation garments” to hold it all in.  I’m just glad they don’t kill whales anymore for the “whale bone”  in said garments.

BTW, all of those lotions and creams and supplements do nothing for "cellulite" and lumpy skin.  The elastin is deep in the dermis where lotions and creams don't go.  So I guess the only thing to do is to exercise!
Boards are in 3  days.  Wish me luck.  I will start to exercise after the Board exams are done!  I need to banish my chicken wings and firm up my muffin top.  Oh let's face it, it's an entire muffin!

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